ACCA holds its 36th annual convention in New Orleans.
NEW ORLEANS - At this year's ACCA meeting, multicolored plastic beads were as common around the necks of attendees as convention ID badges. New Orleans' official Mardi Gras celebration ended the day before the Air Conditioning Contractors of America's 36th annual convention got under way, but the group was encouraging members to continue a little bit of the party atmosphere for its Feb. 25-28 event. Organizers say this combination of fun and career training worked: about 1,500 members attended the convention.
"We expected record growth after the success of last year's conference in Palm Springs (Calif.), but even we were taken by surprise at the level of enthusiasm that greeted this year's event," ACCA President and CEO Paul T. Stalknecht said.